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Tension and urban sustainability
- “Tension and urban sustainability: case study – the metropolis of Mashhad, Iran” E. S. Mashhadi & J.-F. Lejeune. Sustainable City 2013, 8th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, Wessex Institute, Dec, 2013

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Urban Sustainability 2013 - Malaysia

Tension and urban sustainability

The flawed transformation of many old cities in response to contemporary emerging conditions has created incongruities which have drastically reduced their initial sustainable performance. There are examples however, where the inevitable and necessary transitions have adopted the promising qualities of traditional typologies and urban morphologies. From the very beginning,

A sacred event established a thriving center. The locus of all religious views generated a complex centripetal and radial configuration. The contest to remain as close as possible to the center, has resulted in a congested and irregular fabric.

The axis, on the contrary, disassociated from the former theme, provides movements outward and evokes a mental and physical freedom which yields to linear and gridded patterns. The inclination toward a liberated expansion has been conducive to the formation of ample open and green spaces, scattered throughout the city. Hence, the dichotomy of two doctrines has been reflected into their urban manifestations. Their correspondence and simultaneity in time and space have been the underlying principle for the city’s fascinating status. By analysing the key historical moments in the evolution of the city, this paper will describe how urban morphology, its corresponding socio-cultural structure and their mutual influence on the city’s ecology, have collectively contributed to the formation of a sustainable metropolis.

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